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Saturday, 14 May 2011

The biological clock - what would you do if you were told you had to conceive within the year?

In this article, Kasy Edwards talks about having to make the decision to have a baby within a year before her fertility expired. She has written a book about the issue and how she was glad that she went ahead to have her child - even though it wasn't the ideal time.

The writer of the article makes links to Sylvia Ann Hewitt's book 'Baby Hunger' which advised women to get on with conception as the chances of conceiving later in life were slimmer.

I have mixed feelings about these books. On one hand, yes it is true that conceiving after 35 can be more difficult. And yes, our youth culture perhaps has led to a denial of the biological facts. I also think Edwards did exactly what was right for her. Interestingly, sometimes when we are faced with a loss of choice we can actually move forward and make a decision more quickly.

However, on the other hand, I feel that many women lead very happy and fullfilled lives without children. There can be something about the writing about fertility and the biological clock slightly pushes the view or feeling that having children is the best decision. And certainly, my unease with the work of Hewitt is that she continually tries to show that women who have made the opposite choice have been less happy or fullfilled.

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